Saturday, March 2, 2013

More Fun in the Snow!

Eli bounced back remarkably well from being sick last week.  It's amazing how strong are these Ethiopian kiddos' immune systems.

As you may recall, Eli left school early last Thursday because he was sick.  We kept him home from school on Friday, and by the weekend he was anxious to go back to school.  He kept asking "school tomorrow?," to which we kept responding "on Monday.  You'll go to school on Monday."

Another fantastic snow storm hit last Sunday.

Snow rolling . . .

. . . rolling . . .

. . . rolling!
And school on Monday was cancelled.  Snow day.

In a likely one-time-ever response, Eli was devastated by the news that school was cancelled.  He said woefully "but mommy, you said I could go to school today."  (insert sad face)

So we talked about how the snow makes it difficult to drive on the roads, and Sister (his school principal) wanted to make sure everyone was safe.  I told Eli to put on his snowsuit, and I'd show him just how fun a snow day could be.

Eli has wanted to make a snowman ever since the first flakes fell here in Denver, but we haven't gotten enough snow.  After each storm we've had to tell him that you need more snow to build a snowman.  Then we finally get a good snowstorm, but it wasn't snowman-making snow.  It was light and fluffy, and you could hardly get it to stick together.

To our kid, "not enough" snow becoming "not the right kind of snow" was very frustrating.

Somehow our neighbors made this colossal snowman, so I knew it could be done:

Seriously have no idea how they got this vertical.  Maybe the beer (bottles used for eyes and buttons) helped.

Well, here's our creation.  Not nearly as impressive, but Eli was happy.  And proud.

Looks a bit more like a snow penguin, don'tcha think?
After our hard work we treated ourselves to a snack at our local coffee shop.

No pictures, please.

At the end of the day, I asked Eli what he thought of snow days and he said "snow day is good."

So I think there will be one more kid praying for a snow day the next time we get a big storm.

1 comment:

  1. Your snowman made me laugh out loud!
    I love the pic of Eli on his belly in the snow, so sweet.